Photo Credit – David Jablonski
Northwestern Wildcats: 67 Dayton Flyers: 64
This game was a homecoming of sorts for seniors Kyle Davis and Kendall Pollard who each played high school basketball in Chicago. Their homecoming didn’t go as planned in the Chicago Legends Classic at the United Center against Northwestern. The Flyers started the game ice cold on offense. They missed their first 8 shots and let Northwestern take an 11-0 lead in the first 4 minutes of the game. Dayton scored 5 straight after that to make it 11-5 with 14:14 left in the half but it would only get uglier after that. The Flyers would only score 12 more points the rest of the half. Northwestern would go on a 29-12 run over the next 14 minutes to take a 40-17 lead into the half. The 17 first half points were a season low for the Flyers. Dayton shot 14.3% (4-28) in the first half while the Wildcats shot 51.7% (15-29). The Flyers have been susceptible to giving up early leads this season. They always seem to be clawing back and there was no real difference in this game. Dayton came out very flat and it was obvious. Northwestern came out ready to play and that really hurt the Flyers. To start the second half, the Flyers hit a bucket 10 seconds in and it made them seem ready to play finally. For the first 10+ minutes of the second half, there was a lot of back and forth. Northwestern couldn’t extend their lead and Dayton couldn’t really cut into it. The Flyers then went on a 15-1 run to cut the Northwestern lead to 8, 56-48 with 5:43 to go. Dayton would cut it to four, five different times but couldn’t get over the hump. They cut the lead to 3 with 8 seconds left and again with 2 seconds left but that is all they could manage. The second half was switched in terms of which team was dominant. Dayton shot 51.9% (14-27) in the half and Northwestern shot 27.3% (6-22) from the field. This was definitely a tale of two halves for each team, but Dayton couldn’t quite overcome the huge hole they dug themselves.
For the game, Northwestern shot 41.2% (21-51) from the field, 33.3% (8-24) from the three and 65.4% (17-26) from the free throw line. They had 44 rebounds, 14 assists, 14 turnovers, 6 blocks and 4 steals. The Wildcats were led by senior guard/forward Sanjay Lumpkin who had 14 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes. Junior guard Bryant McIntosh had 13 points but 8 turnovers. Junior guard/forward Scottie Lindsey and senior forward Nathan Taphorn each added 11 points.
Dayton shot 32.7% (18-55) from the field, 36% (9-25) from the three point line and 73.1% (19-26) from the charity stripe. They had 30 rebounds, 11 assists, 9 turnovers, 4 blocks and 11 steals. Leading the way for the Flyers was senior guard Scoochie Smith who had 18 points and 6 steals in 30 minutes. Senior guard Charles Cooke added 12 points in 33 minutes.
Northwestern (9-2) (0-0 B1G) will head back home to Evanston, Illinois to take on IUPUI Tuesday, December 20th at 7PM.
Dayton (7-3) (0-0 A10) will head back home to take on Vanderbilt Wednesday, December 21st at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17